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Old 02-13-2017, 05:27 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 18 versus TrueOS


I am thinking of upgrading my desktop computer to either TrueOS or Linux 18.

My criteria for choosing are primarily ease of use for someone new to Linux, so GUIs for everything please, and secondly security.

Which one would be best?

Apologies if TrueOS is not considered to be Linux and hence not discussable here.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-13-2017, 07:13 PM   #2
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Hey I don't know about TrueOS. But Mint 18 is very good for people switching from Windows. I would recommend any day!
 
Old 02-13-2017, 07:31 PM   #3
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https://www.trueos.org/

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sarah_...n_whatsnew.php

Though I have no bids in this poker game.

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“ZFS, Boot Environments, Lumina Desktop… what more could you ask for?”
If it syncs with my Samsung S7 Phone. Operates my Bluetooth Skull Candy external speakers. Works on my Touchscreen gear. Has some Cli radio stream and music players. Enables my wireless. Online video players play. Receives mail. Is easy to install. Has good folks willing to show me how is how.

Syncs with printers and scanners wirelessly and easy to use.

Runs fast. Updates easy. Does not break during update. You know. The simple stuff. I'm good to go.

I don't use desktop environments much. So Mint is out.
BSD required too much of my personal time to dial in <GhostBSD>

So I have no dog in this hunt.

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Old 02-14-2017, 06:55 PM   #4
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Mary at the Sunday Morning Linux Review recently reviewed TruOS. You may find it helpful.
 
Old 02-14-2017, 07:32 PM   #5
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If you want to install Mint, you should probably install the latest version 18.1 Serena, not 18 Sarah.
 
Old 02-16-2017, 03:09 PM   #6
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Hey I don't know about TrueOS. But Mint 18 is very good for people switching from Windows. I would recommend any day!
Having used WinXP for several years and then switching to Mint 17.3, I have to say that merely having a menu at the bottom left of the screen like XP does not make it suitable for former WinXP users. What makes it very difficult to use is the frequent need to type stuff into the terminal in a foreign language that you do not understand a word of, the lack of help files for most programs (except the cross-platform ones) and the extremely limited choice or often no choice of software,
 
Old 02-16-2017, 04:05 PM   #7
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Windows XP was released in 2001, and Linux Mint 18 in 2016. Fifteen years is a VERY long time in the software industry, and it is totally unrealistic to expect Mint developers to use Windows XP as their design template.
 
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:24 PM   #8
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Having used WinXP for several years and then switching to Mint 17.3, I have to say that merely having a menu at the bottom left of the screen like XP does not make it suitable for former WinXP users. What makes it very difficult to use is the frequent need to type stuff into the terminal in a foreign language that you do not understand a word of, the lack of help files for most programs (except the cross-platform ones) and the extremely limited choice or often no choice of software,
Yes, but apart from all that, are you enjoying Mint? ;-)

Seriously though, the gloomy situation you describe has not been one that I have experienced since deciding to migrate over from Windows (a year and a half ago I think now). Out of interest, if you feel this way, why didn't you move to Windows 7 or another Windows version (even the later ones can be tamed with a dash of Classic Shell and a fair bit of settings-fu)? If you're having such a bad time of it, you should consider doing that, or at least trying to find a distro even easier to use than Mint.
 
Old 02-16-2017, 05:44 PM   #9
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You should TRY both. Either one at a time or dual boot or run them in a free virtual machine.

Don't try to learn stuff. Take what you already know and use the terms for the distro. You know concepts of how to do stuff and you just need to find the words in each distro that does that.

Only you can pick what you like. Both have good reviews.

TrueOS may have less software but has great reviews. A lot of the BSD stuff is making it's way into linux.

Mint is based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian so there is a huge database of help and support.

I think you could be happy with either if your hardware is well supported and you have only limited problems.

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Old 03-19-2017, 07:57 AM   #10
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TrueOS may have less software but has great reviews.
If it's got less software then I shall not use it.

One of the major characteristics of using Linux is that there's not much software, especially software that's easy to install using a GUI (eg Software Manager in Mint) (and preferably software that has a GUI as well).

Thanks.
 
Old 03-19-2017, 11:31 AM   #11
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If you want to install Mint, you should probably install the latest version 18.1 Serena, not 18 Sarah
i find this post helpful !

 
Old 03-19-2017, 11:35 AM   #12
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One of the major characteristics of using Linux is that there's not much software,

especially software that's easy to install using a GUI (eg Software Manager in Mint) (and preferably software that has a GUI as well)
F A L S E !

Use SYNAPTIC !

period !!

next ! ! !

http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/
 
  


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